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The Normandy Battlefields Bocage & Breakout - From the Beaches to the Falaise Gap - Casemate UK

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The Normandy Battlefields Bocage & Breakout

From the Beaches to the Falaise Gap

Casemate UK

 

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When many of us think of “Normandy” we automatically think of the battles on the beaches.  This however was only the first part of the story. Once allied forces broke out from their beach heads they faced a three month long battle in the French countryside which would result in over half a million casualties. The fighting in the infamous bocage countryside, around the import town of Caen; and upto the strategic port of Cherbourg was heavy brutal fighting which culminated in around 100,000 German Troops being cut of at the Falaise Gap.  This encirclement resulted in approximately 10,000 German casualties, with a further 50,000 German troops being taken prisoner. 

 

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The book deals with the important aspects of the breakout into Normandy;

 

  • The Cotentin & Cherbourg
  • The First Army in the Bocage
  • The Battle for Caen
  • The Breakout
  • Brittany
  • The Falaise Gap
  • The Aftermath.

 

 

The book is 192 pages long in A4 format with all pages in glossy print. There are no pages without photographs, and many of these are in colour where possible. Not only are there war time photographs but contemporary ones to show what the areas look like today, and to pick out areas of historical interest. There are many wartime photographs which will be of interest to both the modeller and the history buff. Maps are used to illustrate the battles along with specially commissioned aerial photography which brings home how difficult it must have been rather than just looking at maps alone.

 

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Conclusion.

I have now had this book for a little while and must confess that once I started reading the book the review has been delayed, as I wanted to give it a proper read through. This was worth the wait as the book is an excellent portrayal of these events following the landings in France.  Very highly recommended. 

 

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